Crime

Former Beverly Hills Superintendent Sentenced

By Aaron Blevins, 3/01/2012

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The former superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District was sentenced on Feb. 23 to 60 days in jail and ordered to pay $23,500 in restitution to the school district for giving a female former facilities director unauthorized gifts, the district attorney’s office announced.

Judge Stephen Marcus said Jeffrey Hubbard violated a position of public trust and ordered him to complete 280 hours of community service and to pay a $6,000 fine in addition to jail time and restitution. Hubbard, 55, was taken into immediate custody.

A jury in January found Hubbard guilty of two counts of misappropriation of public funds for ordering former facilities director Karen Anne Christiansen to be paid $20,000 in two payments, a stipend that was never authorized by the board. Hubbard also was found guilty of having Christiansen’s $150-a-month car allowance increased to $500 a month without board approval.

Judge Marcus said that email exchanges between Hubbard and Christiansen showed the two had a “very, very special relationship,” and he gave her the money because he “liked her, he loved her.”

Christiansen, 53, was sentenced on Jan. 5 to four years and four months in state prison and ordered to pay the district just more than $2 million after being convicted of negotiating contracts between the school district and a firm with which her company had a consulting agreement, and for backing a school bond measure that benefited her firm.

 

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